There is a large assortment of sealed documents relating to the Jeffrey Epstein case, considering the prior criminal charges against him and the plea deal agreement he made in 2008, where he was forced to register as a sex offender. There was also a series of victim lawsuits that followed, and there were reportedly many revelations during these hearings as well. Many of these documents are under the jurisdiction of different courts and judges, which means that some will be approved for release, while others will be destroyed or remain sealed.
Luckily, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, who had jurisdiction to rule over a cache of important Epstein documents, has ordered them to be unsealed by Thursday, July 30th, according to Law and Crime.
These documents include the deposition that Maxwell gave about her work for Epstein in 2016, and a deposition from the attorney and former Harvard Law School Prof. Alan Dershowitz, who has been a vocal critic of Epstein’s victims.
Judge Preska said in her ruling that:
In her first deposition, which is among the documents being considered on this motion, Ms. Maxwell refused to testify as to any consensual adult behavior and generally disclaimed any knowledge of underage activity,” In the context of this case, especially its allegations of sex trafficking of young girls, the court finds that any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from disclosure of Ms. Maxwell’s mostly non-testimony about behavior that has been widely reported in the press is far outweighed by the presumption of public access.
The order was announced on Tuesday, giving the involved parties just two days to prepare the sealed documents for release. The documents were related to a civil case in which one of the victims sued multiple Epstein associates for defamation and slander over their public denials and attacks.
The order can be seen below:
Also this week, officials in the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned a private island, has subpoenaed multiple major banks for more information on Jeffrey Epstein’s finances. Large financial institutions like Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Citibank were ordered to hand over banking records, transaction information, and any other information on file relating to Epstein’s accounts.
In addition to the volume of documents and records that attorneys need to sift through, there is also the potential that video evidence could be revealed during Maxwell’s criminal trial. Numerous sources close to Maxwell say that she and Epstein kept a trove of incriminating videos that were intended to be used to blackmail their powerful friends.
Out of fear that Maxwell may take her own life, prison officials have taken extreme measures to keep her safe while in custody, including moving her from room to room and taking away anything that she might hang herself with, including her clothes. Because of what happened to Epstein, authorities are concerned that Maxwell won’t make it to trial, so they have taken security measures that were not in place at the time of Epstein’s imprisonment. Meanwhile, Prince Andrew has canceled his trips abroad and plans to stay in the UK out of fears that he could be intercepted by authorities. It is believed that he plans to never return to the US again, despite his repeated promises to speak with investigators.